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RE: Palomino Maverick M-800 on 2018 GMC 3500 STD BOX 4x4

We had an 2003 which, from what I remember, is about the same as current years. Carried it on a Chevy gas 2500HD. The truck didn't know it was back there. We didn't put on a sway bar and air bags to control sway until the next TC. Quality was as good as any in the price range. Be aware they had a small black tank. Not sure what the new one's have. I really liked it but the wife didn't like the 5cu ft fridge and the distance from the floor to the bed. Short "old" people are cry babies! She was always saying she was going to fall out of the bed and break her hip. Sold it and got one with a basement, now she's happy. Of course it weighs about twice as much. I visited the factory where they were made in Michigan just north of Shipshewana, IN. Nothing ground breaking but it always nice to know what goes into their production.
Joe417 12/20/22 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic microwave no START

Could it be just the key pad??
Joe417 11/15/22 10:52am Tech Issues
RE: absorption refrigerator out of level, boiler temp control

My experience with the Fridge Defend has not been a positive one and I always level the rig. It may work fine on a Norcold or Dometic system but does work for me on a Dutch Aire cooling unit with a Norcold control board. What we experienced with the Fridge defend is that when it is cutting on and off (I think it is about a 20 minute cycle) it did not maintain adequate cooling. As set by the manufacturer, it cycled on and off even when level and not moving. I put in a Dutch Aire cooling unit and a Fridge Defend last year. The fridge works great as long as I don't turn on the Fridge Defend. When I do, it turns the system off and on causing the system to go above 45 degrees. I texted back and forth with the manufacturer/creator of the Fridge Defend and was told that the Dutch Aire does run at a higher temp than others. He didn't give me any info on what to put the settings on for the Dutch Aire unit. His final statement was that the cooling unit is bad. While in my drive way and perfectly level, I was able to change some of the setting on the Fridge Defend and get it to run longer without cycling on and off. But when the truck is on the road it didn't work for me at all. I have to assume that it isn't compatible with the Dutch Aire. Turning the Fridge Defend off, I have now run the fridge for months and it works great, better than the original Norcold. So for me, the Fridge Defend was a complete waste of money. Again, it may work correctly on Norcold and Dometic systems.
Joe417 11/15/22 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: Happijac remote plug

Lowe's and Home Depot sell phone jacks. Just wouldn't have the labeling.
Joe417 10/08/22 08:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

The tanks on a 8801 are inside so depending on how cold outside and how warm you keep the inside shouldn't be a problem. The windows and vent may drip condensation on you but for a night you could handle it. Make sure you have full propane to keep the heater going. It shouldn't be a problem keeping the heater going. If it isn't safe I certainly wouldn't go to sleep with on. Not sure about what yours burns but you should have plenty of propane for a day or two and I would guess more. If you don't want the hassle of worrying about freeze issues, go with it winterized. You will need to keep some heat inside to keep items in the cabinets from freezing.
Joe417 09/12/22 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Magnetec converter part

That is a high wattage resistor. It is about 2 to 2.5 inches long so I will guess in the 25 to 50 watt range. The value/part number is probably on the back side or bottom. You'll have to drill out the rivet to verify. That resistor is probably $10 to $15 dollars. Now for the opinion.... I can't speak for newer Magnetek converters, but I have worked on several old Magnetek converters, 2004 and older, and I would not fix it. The output was not filtered and controlled like todays converters. I suggest replacing with a modern Progressive Dynamics multi-stage or another brand of equivalent output. They are microprocessor controlled and have multi-stage charging which is much better on the battery. Look on line, I picked up one about 2 years ago for $60. Currently I'm seeing 100 - 150 on ebay. Good luck.
Joe417 07/21/22 05:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Sealing my TC's EPDM Roof

This is just my experience, we have a 21 year old 5th W. with the original EPDM and no coatings added. I keep it under a roof when not in use and wash it and put a rubber roof conditioner on it every other year. It is in very good shape for it's age. Our 2005 TC had the Dicor coating on it when I bought it in 2012. It has held up very well. After, I am guessing about 50K miles, it had a few scratches in the coating, not the EPDM, so I recoated it last year. I have replaced the EPDM on 2 of our previous campers and I think that one would have been an excellent candidate for the coating rather than replacing the rubber. I had no experience with it at the time. I will use the coating in the future as long as there is no damage to the decking. You do need to clean it well and use the Dicor cleaner/activator so that is sticks well. 1 gallon was enough to put 1 coat on our TC. If it were the first coat I would have put 2. The most time consuming part about using the Dicor was putting plastic over the sides to keep the cleaner/activator off. I don't know if it will actually damage the fiberglass but I didn't want to take the chance. It was in the spring but was too hot and the tape kept coming loose. I think it took me about 6 hours as I had to keep climbing up and down from the roof and I had no helper. Good luck.
Joe417 07/19/22 02:55pm Truck Campers
RE: 2007 OKanagan 117

Yes. The water shouldn't be going back through the pump. Could be something holding the pump valves open or the pump may be bad.
Joe417 07/16/22 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: no power to 12 volt battery with shore power'

Some RVs have an auto reset circuit breaker in the line from the battery to the fuse block. These have been know to go bad. They are available at any auto parts store.
Joe417 07/13/22 10:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Do you think this can be repaired?

If you are mechanically capable I think these would be great rebuild projects. I've enjoyed this kind of project. Once you've done these types of repair you'll know exactly what condition the TC is in. It would be a learning experience for you. I've rebuilt the roof on several campers and the roof and front end of our last TC, including delaminated fiberglass. The TC roof and front end rebuild took me 2 month as I was still working a regular job. The only help I had was my wife. If you aren't satisfied with how something turns out, you may end up re-doing some things. I learned how to laminate the fiberglass on the front of our TC twice. About 2 extra days. The alternative is pay someone else or buy something else. Goodluck,
Joe417 07/13/22 10:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Southeast TC Gathering - FALL 2022 ???

We haven't gone anywhere in quite a while. That time of the year would be nice. We are looking for a reason to go.
Joe417 06/01/22 08:41pm Truck Campers
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

The thermistor won't cause that much difference in temp. I had the same issue with our Norcold. Freezer worked but fridge didn't. I had to replace the cooling unit last fall. The test to prove cooling unit operation, disconnect the AC heating element from the control board and connect the AC heating element directly to AC power and allow it to run overnight. Next morning, it should be below freezing in both the fridge and freezer. I replaced ours with a Dutch Aire and it seems to be a more efficient unit than the Norcold. Like you, we discovered our fridge problem as we got ready to take a trip. Fortunately, we have a 12V chest cooler and it didn't stop our trip. Good Luck
Joe417 05/18/22 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Aqua Magic IV toilet part

I couldn't find the sheet I thought I had on the rebuild kit but did find the following online. https://techsupport.pdxrvwholesale.com/technical-service-manuals/thetford-aqua-magic-iv-hand-flush/
Joe417 05/15/22 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Aqua Magic IV toilet part

Certain aspects of camping are sooooo pleasant. I think I have a sheet that came with the rebuild kit. I'll see if I can find it.
Joe417 05/15/22 12:24pm Tech Issues
Need help understanding how to set up an ARP device

I installed a Dutch Aire absorption cooling unit in my fridge last year. It works great. I installed an ARP fridge defend at the same time which will run a day or two and then cut the unit off. I did change the ARP setting for the Dutch Aire unit, and per the ARP device, it isn't overheating so there seems to be something I'm missing in the set up. I exchanged a few emails with ARP last year but they say read the manual. I found the manual, for me, to be unclear as to what and why a setting needs to be changed. So many say it works great on their Norcold or Dometic cooling unit. I'm feeling like I wasted a bunch of money on this. I was wondering if anyone has one working with a Dutch Aire cooling unit and might share their settings. ( this is on a N641 fridge ) Thanks,
Joe417 05/15/22 08:53am Tech Issues
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